2015 年 5 月 のアーカイブ

4203-The Role of Braille

2015 年 5 月 31 日 日曜日

Assistive technology is any device or technology that helps disabled persons. Today, let me introduce the Braille which is one of assistive technologies. Braille is used by blind people instead of the letters. It is composed of the combination of six points. A lot of blind people can read Braille by learning some combinations of six points. Many books written by Braille are also published, and Braille is used in many quite a few places in our daily life. For example, Posts, a textured paving block and a button in the elevator. If you walk in a town, you will find one. Also it is common all over the world. We should be sensitive to such an assistive technology.

4202 Assistive Technology for Visual Impairment

2015 年 5 月 28 日 木曜日

 This is an ordinary calculator. Is it really? No,this machine is called a Sound Calculator. A person with visual impairment can’t use an ordinary calculator. Because it produces no sounds. And now,the sound calculator appeared. This invention teach us input numbers and calculation result by voice. And their sound is can change speed that a voice reads aloud to suit you. If you used the earphone that come with this machine, you don’t worry to hear this sound near.However, there are two weekness. The first, this special calculator is a little expensive. Second, it is can’t used the battery. So, you must charge it. .Although many people with a visual disorder like to use it. I hope they would reduce its cost and improve battery life.   If my eyesight is fail, I must buy it.

4208-Wheelchair

2015 年 5 月 27 日 水曜日

Let me introduce you a wheelchair. It is used as a moving means for those who can’t walk on their own. Today, physically handicapped persons are about 1.18 million in Japan. They account for about a half of the handicapped. Therefore, many people need wheelchairs. In addition, aging population is progressing in Japan. So a wheelchair is in great demand.

A wheelchair is roughly classified into two categories. One is a standard type, and the other is an electric type. The latter can be used in smaller burden than the former because it is moved by electric power. However, the latter is expensive and can’t move for a long distance. So people choose a wheelchair suitable for their needs. They can improve the quality of life.

In the future, wheelchairs will be more necessary. I wish that they evolve to be easy to use for anyone.

4235-What is ‘Let’s chat’?

2015 年 5 月 27 日 水曜日

4235-What is ‘Let’s chat’?

Let me introduce on assistive technology called “Let’s chat.” It is a product by Panasonic. It enables you to communicate with others, only by pushing the switch.

“Let’s chat” has a dial and a panel. First, you set the panel so that you can watch it easily. Second, you turn the power on, and the alphabets of dial are lighted up. If you push the letter, the word that you want to convey is completed. Switches are of various shapes, so people can choose a desired switch. Finally, you push “pronunciation” and “Let’s chat” to pronounce the word. In this way, deaf people can communicate with others.

4236-Assistive Technology for Disable People in Legs

2015 年 5 月 27 日 水曜日

Let me introduce an assistive technology. The assistive technology is for people who can’t walk normally. The technology has existed for a long time. This was made in various countries, but we don’t know who made the item first. Now, thanks to this, many people enjoy daily lives, but today we produce more useful wheel chairs, which are specialized in playing sports. The special wheelchairs are for those who can’t play sports, because they can’t move their legs normally.

4233-A Hearing Aid as Assistive Technology

2015 年 5 月 25 日 月曜日

Let me introduce you a hearing aid as assistive technology. A hearing aid assists those with a hearing disability in catching what others say. It collects the sounds from the microphone and amplifies and emits the sounds on a speaker.

A hearing aid became popular in the 2000s. Formerly it has been an analog hearing aid. As a result, all sounds were amplified. But a digital hearing aid was invented. It amplifies human voice and can suppress noises by adjusting it.

A hearing aid has different shapes, in the ear, behind the ear, in the canal. A hearing aid in the ear becomes the mainstream now.

4205 Goal Line Technology

2015 年 5 月 20 日 水曜日

Do you know Goal line technology? The person who like soccer may know it. The Goal line technology is a machine that judges whether the ball reached the finish line in the soccer mach. The South Africa convention in 2010 became a cause of Goal line technology introduction. A large number of misjudgments have occurred at the South Africa convention. Therefore, the international soccer federation began the development of Goal line technology. Seven high-speed cameras are taking shots near the goal 500 frames per second. The ball is completely over the goal line when the referee of the watch tells the goal by vibration. A misjudgment has disappeared thanks to Goal line technology introduction. The assistive technology is used for other sports as well as soccer. I think the day will come when referees disappear from the field.

4240-iPad as an Assistive Technology

2015 年 5 月 13 日 水曜日

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Let me introduce devices which can transmit our intension. For example, there is the device which can produce words and a sentence by pushing the keypad. People who cannot talk or are deaf can use this device to communicate.

iPad is also a kind of the devices to  transmit our intension. There are many applications for iPads which are useful for people with disabilities.  This device is produced so that disabled people are usable. When arms and hands were not usable, they can make it easy to use it by changing setting of an iPad.

I think that an iPad is evolving steadily.  So quality of life for people with disabilities would improve greatly.